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West Island School is a member of the English Schools Foundation. The School was established in 1991 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As an international secondary school offering iGCSE and IB programmes, we occupy award winning buildings in the Western district of Hong Kong. We serve a stable and established community in the Pokfulam district, with over 1200 students on roll. Our school mission of strength from diversity reflects the considerable achievements of our learners from over 40 different nationalities. Our students progress to the universities of their choice because they achieve highly, are well equipped and are leaders of the future

Teacher of SEN - starting August 2018


We are seeking a Teacher of Special Educational Needs. The position will be a full-time two years renewable contract starting August 2018.

Teacher of SEN within our Inclusion Faculty (IN)

We have five teachers of SEN and a wider team of educational assistants. Learners with individual needs are largely accommodated within mainstream classes in line with our ethos and values of inclusion. Mainstream teachers are supported by SEN teachers to plan, differentiate and remove barriers to learning as they arise. In addition, some learners will have appropriate adjustments to their timetable and will receive personalised programmes either in individual or small groups.

As well as students who can access the majority of their mainstream lessons through expert monitoring and adjustment, we also have a specialist learning centre accommodating 24 students with higher levels of needs. Students are fully included in the life of the school, are uniquely valued for their differences and receive exceptional teaching and support. Students who are within the Learning Support Centre roll have various levels of integration into mainstream lessons according to their need.

The Inclusion Faculty is led by Gail Wright. Working within the team, you will bring expertise in being able to differentiative the curriculum to match the very wide range of individuals needs which exist in a typical school population. Most of the team have particular areas of expertise and interest which enable us to offer expert advice and support to the community.

The successful candidate would teach discrete classes as well as supporting learners in mainstream classes. Experience of alternative accredited courses other than GCSE will be an advantage. Some of our team have been successful early years and primary teachers who have enjoyed the transition to a secondary setting. Teachers from all phases are welcome to apply.

As you will know from your experience, the ability to appreciate learners, precisely identify barriers, high quality relationships and creative planning are the most important qualities a teacher can bring.

Working at West Island School

West Island School is a rewarding environment to pursue your career as a teacher. We prioritise professional development and are engaged in appreciative inquiry developing our own practice as a community of teachers who learn from each other.

You will find your colleagues to be pro-active, passionate about our students, adaptable and supportive of you in both the school and Hong Kong. It is indeed, an exciting place to live and work.

Our students are well motivated, ambitious for themselves and for the whole school community. Our distinction is the diversity of backgrounds which creates an inspiring community of learners that motivates us as teachers.

In 2017, the average IB score was 36.7 with 2 students achieving 45 points and 4 students achieving 44 points. 49% of grades at iGCSE are A*-A. We also cater for a cohort of students who achieve highly in Btec Qualifications, 78% of grades are D*-D. As an inclusive school, we cater for a number of students who have particular learning difficulties and experience success in personalised pathways.

As a result, student outcomes are excellent and they are able to access the universities of their choice, many of which will be the most prestigious.

Over the next three years, we are planning to move towards the MYP curriculum for Years 7-9, so it would be useful but not essential if you are able to make an active contribution to this change. You do not need a detailed knowledge of the curriculum, but a willingness to learn and an empa


Candidates should mention all subjects they are qualified to teach in their application. Previous knowledge and experience of the IB is not a pre requisite but would be helpful. A commitment to holistic education is a must. All specifications are in addition to the ESF generic job specification for teachers.

Closing Date: 31 Oct 2017
For enquiries, please contact Gail Wright at +852 28191962 or

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